Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Bryan Bickell's tally with 3:25 remaining in
overtime lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota
Wild in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal at United Center.
Viktor Stalberg broke into the Minnesota zone on the right wing, and was
joined by Bickell in a 2-on-1. The former dished across to the latter, who
took one stride with the puck and scored the winner on the backhand through
the pads of Josh Harding. Marian Hossa picked up the other score and Corey
Crawford stopped 26 shots for the Blackhawks, who played the eighth OT game in
their last nine postseason tilts dating back to a first-round loss to
Vancouver two years ago. Cal Clutterbuck notched the lone score for the Wild.
Subbing for normal starter Niklas Backstrom, who departed in warmups due to a
leg injury, Harding ended up with 35 saves in defeat. Game 2 is set for
Chicago on Friday night.
Final Score: St. Louis 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Alexander Steen scored twice, including the
game-winner with 6:34 left in overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1
victory over the defending champion Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their
Western Conference quarterfinal series from Scottrade Center. Steen scored a
power-play goal in the first, and then added a short-handed tally in the
extra session after Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick misplayed the
puck behind his own net. Quick was pressured by Steen behind his own net and
tried to play the disc off the end boards, but it bounced to the low right
side, where Steen recovered it before stuffing the puck into the empty net to
help the Blues draw first blood in this best-of-seven series. Brian Elliott
stopped 28-of-29 shots for the Blues, who were swept by the Kings during
the conference semifinals last season and dropped all three regular-
season games against Los Angeles this year. The reigning Conn Smythe winner
Quick posted 40 saves and Justin Williams scored LA's lone goal with 31.6
ticks left in regulation to force overtime.
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